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Wild's Johnson won't be punished for head-butt

Posted on: November 9, 2011 3:06 pm
Edited on: November 9, 2011 3:24 pm
 

By Brian Stubits

Minnesota Wild forward Nick Johnson will not face any more discipline following his head-butt of Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla during a fight on Tuesday night. This according to Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

The reaction by most was "What head-butt?" Well Iginla surely noticed one as during the scrap he began calling the official's attention to the perceived dirty move.

In case you missed it (the incident itself, not the head-butt, a lot of people watched and still missed that) here is the video again.

“I disagree with the call,” Wild coach Mike Yeo said after the game. “Jarome Iginla starts the thing, and then he calls it. He tells everybody on the ice that he head-butted him. All I saw was a guy trying to protect himself.”

Johnson was given a game misconduct after the fight.

“I just felt I got head-butted," Iginla said. "I haven't had that very often in a fight. I thought the refs made the right call and that was pretty much the end of it. You get fired up in a fight, and I felt like he got me a couple of times there in the head.”

This was the right call by Brendan Shanahan, and probably the easiest call he has had to make since taking over from Colin Campbell. I can see the head-butt, but it looks like a pure accident. Johnson is bobbing and weaving trying to avoid the fists of Iggy during a fight. In no way does that appear intentional. Unless maybe you live in Calgary.

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millkass
Since: Nov 10, 2011
Posted on: November 10, 2011 3:47 pm
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Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 7:34 pm
 

Wild's Johnson won't be punished for head-butt

Geeeez.....Its bad enough that Jarome (lol) is instigating a fight WITH A VISOR ON. But then to cry like a lil baby about being head butted???? I just lost some respect for poor little (not very little) Jarome. Pull your helmet off and fight like a hockey player.



Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 5:32 pm
 

Wild's Johnson won't be punished for head-butt

yeah its pretty lame that iginla was complaining about anything considering he had his visor on while fighting..if you want to pretend to be a tough guy then dont wear one or take it off when the time comes...



Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 4:42 pm
 

Wild's Johnson won't be punished for head-butt

Shouldn't Iginla get a penalty for not taking of his helmet and visor during a fight!!! I watched is and lost all respect for Iginla after that crap!!! Nick's so called head butt was anything butt. The real person who should have been given the extra PIMs was Iginla.


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